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March 23, Upcoming Events Apr Read more about Seminar in Monetary and Fiscal Policy. Read more about Seminar in Industrial Organization. Read more about Seminar in Labor Economics.Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusettswith about 6, undergraduate students and about 14, postgraduate students. Established in and named for its first benefactor, clergyman John HarvardHarvard is the United States' oldest institution of higher learning.
In its early years, Harvard College primarily trained Congregational and Unitarian clergy, although it has never been formally affiliated with any denomination. Its curriculum and student body were gradually secularized during the 18th century, and by the 19th century, Harvard had emerged as the central cultural establishment among Boston elites. Eliot 's long tenure — transformed the college and affiliated professional schools into a modern research university ; Harvard was a founding member of the Association of American Universities in Lawrence Lowellwho succeeded Eliot, further reformed the undergraduate curriculum and undertook aggressive expansion of Harvard's land holdings and physical campus.
Harvard's alumni include 8 U. Init acquired British North America 's first known printing press. A publication gave the school's purpose as "to advance learning and perpetuate it to posterity, dreading to leave an illiterate ministry to the churches when our present ministers shall lie in the dust";  in its early years trained many Puritan ministers. It was never affiliated with any particular denomination, but many of its earliest graduates went on to become clergymen in Congregational and Unitarian churches.
Increase Mather served as president from to InJohn Leverett became the first president who was not also a clergyman, marking a turning of the college away from Puritanism and toward intellectual independence.
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In the 19th century, Enlightenment ideas of the power of reason and free will were widespread among Congregational ministers, putting those ministers and their congregations in tension with more traditionalist, Calvinist parties. Henry Ware was elected to the chair inand the liberal Samuel Webber was appointed to the presidency two years later, signaling the shift from the dominance of traditional ideas at Harvard to the dominance of liberal, Arminian ideas defined by traditionalists as Unitarian ideas.
Inthe natural history lectures of Louis Agassiz were acclaimed both in New York and on the campus at Harvard College. Agassiz's approach was distinctly idealist and posited Americans' "participation in the Divine Nature" and the possibility of understanding "intellectual existences.
When it came to explaining life-forms, Agassiz resorted to matters of shape based on a presumed archetype for his evidence. This dual view of knowledge was in concert with the teachings of Common Sense Realism derived from Scottish philosophers Thomas Reid and Dugald Stewartwhose works were part of the Harvard curriculum at the time.
The popularity of Agassiz's efforts to "soar with Plato" probably also derived from other writings to which Harvard students were exposed, including Platonic treatises by Ralph CudworthJohn Norris and, in a Romantic vein, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
The library records at Harvard reveal that the writings of Plato and his early modern and Romantic followers were almost as regularly read during the 19th century as those of the "official philosophy" of the more empirical and more deistic Scottish school.
Charles W. Eliotpresident —, eliminated the favored position of Christianity from the curriculum while opening it to student self-direction. While Eliot was the most crucial figure in the secularization of American higher education, he was motivated not by a desire to secularize education, but by Transcendentalist Unitarian convictions.
Derived from William Ellery Channing and Ralph Waldo Emersonthese convictions were focused on the dignity and worth of human nature, the right and ability of each person to perceive truth, and the indwelling God in each person.
InHarvard became the first American university to award a PhD in economics. During the 20th century, Harvard's international reputation grew as a burgeoning endowment and prominent professors expanded the university's scope. Rapid enrollment growth continued as new graduate schools were begun and the undergraduate college expanded.
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Radcliffe Collegeestablished in as sister school of Harvard College, became one of the most prominent schools for women in the United States. Harvard became a founding member of the Association of American Universities in In the early 20th century, the student body was predominantly "old-stock, high-status Protestants, especially Episcopalians, Congregationalists, and Presbyterians," a group later called " WASPs.
President James Bryant Conant reinvigorated creative scholarship to guarantee Harvard's preeminence among research institutions. He saw higher education as a vehicle of opportunity for the talented rather than an entitlement for the wealthy, so Conant devised programs to identify, recruit, and support talented youth. Inhe asked the faculty to make a definitive statement about what general education ought to be, at the secondary as well as at the college level.
The resulting Reportpublished inwas one of the most influential manifestos in 20th century American education. Between andadmissions were opened up to bring in a more diverse group of students.The Committee on General Scholarships administers special financial aid, scholarship, and fellowship programs that support Harvard University graduate and undergraduate students.
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At its inception Harvard was under church sponsorship, although it was not formally affiliated with any religious body. During its first two centuries the college was gradually liberated, first from clerical and later from political control, until in the university alumni began electing members of the governing board.
Eliot made Harvard into an institution with national influence. The alumni and faculty of Harvard have been closely associated with many areas of American intellectual and political development. By the end of the 20th century, Harvard had educated six U.
HayesTheodore RooseveltFranklin D. Rooseveltand John F. Kennedy—and a number of justicescabinet officers, and congressional leaders. Eliot, John Dos PassosE. Cummings, Walter Lippmannand Norman Mailer. Other notable intellectual figures who graduated from or taught at Harvard include the historians Francis ParkmanW. William James introduced the experimental study of psychology into the United States at Harvard in the s.
The university has graduate or professional schools of medicine, law, business, divinity, education, government, dental medicine, design, and public health. The schools of law, medicine, and business are particularly prestigious. The Harvard University Library is one of the largest and most important university libraries in the world.
Radcliffe College, one of the Seven Sisters schools, evolved from informal instruction offered to individual women or small groups of women by Harvard University faculty in the s. Following unsuccessful efforts to have women admitted directly to degree programs at Harvard, the Annex, which had incorporated as the Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women, chartered Radcliffe College in The college was named for the colonial philanthropist Ann Radcliffewho established the first scholarship fund at Harvard in Until the s Radcliffe operated as a coordinate college, drawing most of its instructors and other resources from Harvard.
Radcliffe graduates, however, were not granted Harvard degrees until Diplomas from that time on were signed by the presidents of both Harvard and Radcliffe.Coronavirus Update: Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow
Women undergraduates enrolled at Radcliffe were technically also enrolled at Harvard College, and instruction was coeducational. Harvard University. Article Media. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. See Article History. Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription.
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